Taglines: An inside look at the best student in the world’s worst medical school.
Jeff Marx wants to study medicine and become a physician. However, his grades are far from enough to get him into an American medical school. But instead he gets a chance to study medicine abroad, in a small Latin American dictatorship, governed by the dictator Ramon Madera, who fall in love with Jeff’s girlfriend, also a medical student.
Bad Medicine is a 1985 American comedy film starring Steve Guttenberg, Alan Arkin and Julie Hagerty. The film was written and directed by Harvey Miller, and was based on the novel Calling Dr. Horowitz, by Steven Horowitz, MD and Neil Offen.
The film was criticized for its negative ethnic stereotypes. Although the film is set “Somewhere in Central America,” it was filmed entirely in Spain. It was released by 20th Century Fox, and was one of three 1985 films to feature Hagerty in a starring role, the others being Lost in America and Goodbye, New York.
Bad Medicine (1985)
Directed by: Harvey Miller
Starring: Steve Guttenberg, Alan Arkin, Julie Hagerty, Bill Macy, Curtis Armstrong, Julie Kavner, Candi Milo, Robert Romanus
Screenplay by: Neil Offen
Production Design by: Leslie Dilley
Cinematography by: Kelvin Pike
Film Editing by: O. Nicholas Brown, John Jympson, Keith Palmer
Costume Design by: Rita Riggs
Set Decoration by: Ian Whittaker
Music by: Lalo Schifrin
Distributed by: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: November 22, 1985